Thursday, January 26, 2012

~ An Update and Stepping Stones ~

I've missed everyone so much!  It's been so crazy around here and I've felt so yucky, just didn't feel I had anything of value to share. I read something today about "stepping stones" and thought perhaps that's what I'm experiencing...stepping stones, although rough & jagged at times, can lead to wonderful, exciting things!

I mentioned eons ago, a couple months ago about having the cabinets in the kitchen and both bathrooms painted white. Well, I lost count of how many times the painters were here...4 for sure!  Then the maintenance guys here had to take alllllll the doors off and apply new hinges and then reinstall the doors...and then retouch the paint where needed.  Electricians were here one day when I was gone...had to have Forrester out of here plus my car was in the shop so I literally was gone from 8:30a.m. to 6p.m.  When I returned, totally exhausted and minus a LOT of money for car repairs, I found holes left in the ceilings and walls where they had wired new ceiling fans in my bedroom and the living room. Oh, and they also broke the key off in the lock of the front door and a new lock had to be installed. I received a phone call about that and had to go to my neighbor's to pick up the new keys as the office would be closed when I got home. :-(    I cannot stand for any type of spider, bug or varmint to have a way into my home so I keep a close watch for repairs that might need to be made to window or door seals and  I came home to actual HOLES!  I'm not supposed to use stairs due to my knees, however, I had to use the step stool to climb up and stuff the holes with plastic bags. There was sheet rock dropped where it landed, debris everywhere, books & photos knocked over in a bookcase and a total mess left. I called the office and left a very *angry* message!  Then we have the repairs and clean up for all of that with me threatening everyone that entered with their life.  The repairs were made the next day and I have to say the painters did a wonderful job of repairing, HOWEVER, they did NOT  use the proper texture technique and painted the ceiling areas the same color as the walls. The ceilings are off-white and all the walls are a pale khaki color. guessed it, another hissy fit was pitched or thrown, either way you call it, I did it!  Then....these guys had to return. This is a *brief* synopsis of all that's occurred. I know it's boring enough to read just this so I will not elaborate.

I am still going to physical therapy 3x a week and trying to do all the exercises at home....when a crew of dingbats have not been here.  I am honestly at my wit's end with these knees and muscles too. I'm in such pain at times that I'm near tears. I do take the RX for pain although it's just a high dose of Tylenol. I don't even like to take it but have to.  The therapist is a bit perplexed I think as the left patella will not stay in place. She taped both knees last Friday and it did help some. I honestly have a high tolerance for pain but this is very unusual....the muscles hurt so much that I can hardly even think and cannot do much until it stops. When I feel good, I have all these ideas about things I want to do around here, new recipes to try, you name it. I get very little done and my mood is "not me" at all. I see the orthopedic Dr again on the 6th. I really hope that he can offer some help if things have not drastically improved by then.

It's sad to even complain when my friends are going through so much with their daughter, Candace. She is improving and that's a miracle from God!  She's a young adult, early 20's, that didn't feel she needed health insurance. She needs to be in a Neuro Rehab facility, however, she must have a scholarship now. They have had the interviews and completed all the paperwork, including disability, Medicaid, etc.  They cleaned out their office and made room there for Candace and her needs. Someone has to be with her 24/7 as she has horrendous headaches and behavior problems. Two relatives are RN's and they are helping so much. Eric, Candace's boyfriend, has not left her side even though he was injured too. God's grace has brought them this far and your continued prayers are so very much appreciated! It's heartbreaking to see all of them going through this.

This probably sounds like a total Debbie Downer post and for that, I apologize. I do know that when we experience these valleys, there's an incredible, joyful mountain top in the future! These stepping stones will lead to the top and I can hardly wait!  I hope to be able to start visiting you and commenting. I know everyone's probably doing some amazing things and I'm missing out.

Have a glorious weekend!


  1. Stepping stones and baby steps, Pat. I am sure you will be heading to the top of the mountain! I was so glad to see a post from you today. xo

  2. What a lovely photo of the stepping stones. I hate that you've had to go through so much lately. What an ordeal with all the workers. I know that kind of thing wears on you after a while. Especially when you're not feeling well. I pray you're on the road to being the real you again. A Happy, Healthy Pat!

  3. Yikes! I hope you are now on an upswing and things will begin to improve for you. Will keep you in my thoughts, Laura

  4. Oh gosh. What terrible customer service. I am sure it will all be worth it in the end, but I know it is very stressful getting there. I am really sorry about your knees. I hope you get relief very soon!

  5. Good to see you here today, sounds like it has been awful..but those stepping stones will get you across to the other side, which has got to be a lot better! :D

  6. Hi nice to see you. I think you are right about stepping stones. You have had a lot of those lately. I am glad to hear from you and see you post. I have been thinking about you. Your place is going to be tip top by the time they are done. Glad to hear the young gal is doing better. Prayers are being answered.

  7. You have really been through the mill, Pat. If I had your knee problems, I would want to just sit at home with my legs up, but that must have been impossible with all the work going on in your place. I'm happy the cabinets turned out nice. I know how it is to have workers in the house...I feel so out of my realm and can't wait for them to leave. Sorry about all the messes they created.

    Hang in there, Sweetie!


  8. I just sent you a big virtual hug my friend. What a major pain in the neck your home improvements have turned into. Should have been such a simple thing. Small aggravations add up when multiplied - hang in there.

  9. I am so happy to hear from you. I was starting to get really worried. I am so sorry for all your troubles. I seems like when it rains it pours!! Stepping stones is a good way to look at times like these and I wish you the best. I will continue to pray for you and Candance and her family. Big HUGS! Things will get better and can't wait to hear about whats on top of your mountain.

  10. Prayers are going out to you! I hope things will begin to improve and your pain will subside as well.

  11. I'm glad you found time to write your way through all this. Blogging can be very cathartic. Wishing you smooth sailing to the next stone.


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